My name is Teacher Desmona and I teach beginning American Sign Language (ASL) at our St. James site. This is my second year returning and I'm looking forward to having fun with ASL this year with your kids and families!
This week we covered basic greetings, introductions, and personal identity. Giving and receiving this kind of information is very important in Deaf Culture and we will spend a couple of weeks going over this kind of conversation practice. We reviewed the manual alphabet and some numbers. We also played some fun games this week - 4 Corners, Red Light/Green Light/Yellow Light (both popular requests) and Alphabet Bingo. The last couple days of the week we did an illustration activity and created folders to put our classwork into.
Here's what we covered: vocab and ASL grammar
You name what?
My name _______. (fingerspell name)
I __#__. (number is placed by chin and brought down like sign for old)
You boy, girl which?
I boy. -or- I girl.
You live where?
I live Davis. -or- I live Woodland.
(city names are fingerspelled first then signed)
Nice to-meet you.
This week I sent home copies of the manual alphabet. Please practice at home and I encourage you to make flashcards for improving their fingerspelling.
I had a wonderful first week and look forward to the rest of the year!